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Community Energy

Guide to Community-Owned Renewable Energy for Victorians

The Victorian Government has produced a guide to give communities information about developing community-owned renewable energy projects.  It is a resource for community groups that are considering a renewable energy project and those that are already in the process of establishing a project. The guide consolidates existing knowledge and resources and provides links to further information and advice. It provides practical pointers on critical commercial, technical, governance and regulatory aspects of renewable energy projects, including a wealth of useful information on identifying an appropriate business model, selecting the most suitable technology and managing a project.

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Community grants

At the 2014 Victorian election, the Government committed to provide community energy grants to two pioneering communities.


The Government awarded a $200,000 grant to Newstead 2021, a local community group, to transition their town to 100 per cent renewable energy.  Newstead is a town near Castlemaine in Central Victoria with approximately 500 homes and a commercial High Street. The funding will help Newstead 2021 develop and implement a model for supplying the town’s homes and businesses with 100 per cent renewable energy from a community-scale grid.  The model will incorporate community ownership and balance commercial viability with social equity through low prices and price protections for Newstead residents who are vulnerable to rising energy costs.


The Government awarded a $100,000 grant to Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Black Forest Timber Mill in Woodend. The system will supply the Mill’s tenants with solar power and provide a funding stream to help support future renewable energy projects in the local area.

Lessons learned from the delivery of these projects will be shared with other community groups so that the full benefits of the funding are captured.

Other Government initiatives

Community Renewables solar Grants Initiative

This initiative is a Government grant program to provide a clean energy future for Victoria’s lifesaving clubs.

Further Victorian Government initiatives to support community energy are outlined in the Victorian Renewable Energy Roadmap.

The Government will also provide financial support to community energy projects through the New Energy Jobs Fund.